Gas is always on for Robby Gordon
2001 Indy 500
Glamis – New Years
24 Hours of Daytona
After being release from Morgan McClure Motorsports,
the skeptics wrote Robby Gordon off. In the past 12 months Gordon
has been a competitive factor in virtually every major event he
has contested. Over the past 12 months Gordon has competed in a
diverse array of events. Gordon loves to race and it shows.
Flash back a little over a year ago at the 2001 Indy 500. Teamed
with AJ Foyt and Richard Childress, Gordon qualifies 3rd and after
leading the first 22 laps suffers mechanical problems.A month later
Gordon leaves NASCAR fans mumbling as he finishes second to Tony
Stewart at Sears Point after some excitement in the closing laps
involving current team mate, Kevin Harvick. On another road coarse
Gordon is showing the way at Watkins glen with the race in hand
when an onboard camera smokes his chances of victory.
Early November Gordon is finishing 7th in the
NASCAR Winston cup race at Phoenix. 2 week’s later electrical problems
cripple Team Gordon’s effort during the Baja 1000 while leading
Later in the month Gordon joined the NASCAR Winton
cup winner circle at the New Hampshire motor speedway. A Couple
of weeks later Gordon was competing against the world’s best rally
car drivers in Spain at the Race of Champions – the World Rally
Car equivalent of a all-star game. After setting a new track record,
a rain-slicked track sends Gordon and his Seat Cordova over a burm
and into a fiery crash ending his campaign to become the first non-regular
rally car driver to win the event.
After a couple of off road events in January
(Glamis and Parker 400) Gordon spent February in Daytona Beach,
Florida. Teamed with Riley & Scott and Jim Mathews racing the
team comes close to winning one of Sportscars most prestigious races
– the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona – finishing a close second. Later
in the month Robby ran competitively during NASCAR’s Speedweeks
– ultimately finishing 13th in the 2002 Daytona 500.
13 NASCAR Winton cup races later Gordon attempted
what is known as the double. One day, two races, two cities and
1100 miles of white-knuckle racing later Gordon had a 8th and 16th
place finish at the Indy 500 and stock car racing’s longest race
– The Coca Cola 600.
12 Months and 37 races later Robby Gordon
has completed one of the most diverse 12 months of racing motorsports
fans have ever seen. Stockcars, Indy
Cars, Sports Cars, Trophy Trucks, Rally Cars are all extremely impressive
on one driver’s resume. Being competitive in them is unbelievable.
Having the focus to get to the starting line in all of them is pure
focus, determination and the love of racing.
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